Being from Hitsville. USA (Detroit, Michigan) aka the birthplace of the Motown Sound. I am a student of music. My Uncle studied Musicology at UCLA and all of my grandparents play at least one instrument. I play three instruments, compose, sing, and rap. I watched radios die, blogs boom, and most recently, streaming explode. How […]
Last week in Streaming’s Effect on Music Pt. 1, I spoke on how the digitization and streaming of music reignited the single, destroyed the mixtape, killed the sample and changed how sales are recorded. This week I’ll go into more about how the structure of music (Hip-Hop) itself has changed.
Being from Hitsville. USA (Detroit, Michigan) aka the birthplace of the Motown Sound. I am a student of music. My Uncle studied Musicology at UCLA and all of my grandparents play at least one instrument. I play three instruments, compose, sing, and rap. I watched radios die, blogs boom, and most recently, streaming explode. How are these changes affecting the music itself?
Dropping to make sure Big Sean and Drake stay Humble. Kendrick Lamar comes out of the abyss and drops a his third major release Damn. This album shook the internet on Good Friday. According to Kendrick and the rest of TDE, “Everything happens for a reason.” and it definitely does. How was Kendrick’s follow-up to TPAB?
For those wondering, the difference between an album REFLECTION and an album REVIEW deals with the content of the writing for my break down. Reflections typically will cover general thoughts about songs but more about the artist’s trajectory or feelings the album left me. Reviews typically will be song by song breakdowns. Now, “More tune for your headtops.”
As a Detroit native, I have a very special relationship with Big Sean. Sean and I attended the same high school for a year (Cass Technical High School). I knew of him but nothing particularly special, but it’s always interesting to know where people came from and watch them develop long distance.
“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”
In popular culture, there is continually a debate on whether celebrities are role models. Does Rihanna or Meryl Streep have the right to speak on political matters? Is there an inherent responsibility of popularity, leadership, or influence? Does politics belong in sports, music, art, or entertainment? What’s the unwritten requirement of fame and power? Should people speak up and should we allow it?
In the spirit of wrapping these lists up before I end up writing about 2016 all 2017. I am going to shorten my lists and condense my R&B and Soul lists from ten each to two lists of five. R&B today and Soul next week. Like lasttime, these are not the BESTalbums of 2016, but some of my favorites.These are the projects that I went back and listened to the most in 2016, whether I wanted to or not. Enjoy. Continue reading “My Favorite R&B Projects of 2016”
I’ll had this conversation a ridiculous amount of times in the past few weeks. Music is the main topic as classes end and summer warms up. Top 5 lists are all the rage as we have pretty much have had appearances from all of the heavy hitting Hip-Hop artists in Late 2014-2015. So, where does that leave us? Continue reading “My Top 5 Hip-Hop Albums in 2015 and Why”
So, as the weekend comes to a close, the inevitable Yeezus leak has sprung. We’ve seen it before with Kanye’s previous albums, many internet/fan artists coming forward, claiming to be the official art. But, this time it is a whole site dedicated to Yeezus art. Yeezy Graffiti. Check out some of my favorites, or least favorites below. Continue reading “Kanye West’s Minimalist Work Allows Fan Freedom”
First of all, this picture >>>>>>>>>>>> most albums that have been released this year.
Anyway, now that we are completely and undoubtingly in the digital age where music is consumed in a fraction of the time it takes to read the menu at McDonald’s, the music industry is stuck trying to discover a model that works. Continue reading “This Rise of the Internet Critic”